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Airbus shares rise as it warns of UK exit amid no-deal Brexit

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Airbus shares are trading higher Friday as the European aeroplane maker warned it could exit the UK if it exits the EU without a firm Brexit deal in place. It added that it is carefully monitoring the situation and that Brexit is negative for the UK aerospace industry “in any scenario”.

By 1225 BST, Airbus shares were 1.32% higher at €99.89. The stock has been moving broadly lower in the past week or so.

Airbus no-deal Brexit warning

Airbus shared an update on its plans for a UK Brexit no-deal scenario. The UK has agreed to leave the EU on March 29 2019. Currently, no agreements are in place with regards to trade and the customs planning.

The aeroplane maker said that as things currently stand, with the UK exiting the EU customs union with no alternative agreement in place, production would be severely disrupted.

“In any scenario, Brexit has severe negative consequences for the UK aerospace industry and Airbus in particular,” said Airbus Commercial Aircraft CEO, Tom Williams.

“Therefore, immediate mitigation measures would need to be accelerated. While Airbus understands that the political process must go on, as a responsible business we require immediate details on the pragmatic steps that should be taken to operate competitively. Without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our UK operations could be significant,” he added.

Potential UK Airbus exit threatens jobs

Airbus employs some 14,000 people across the UK over around 25 different sites. 6,000 British-based staff work at its wing manufacturing factory in Flintshire, North Wales. Meanwhile, another 3,000 work for the plane maker at its Bristol facility.

If the company choses to exit the UK as the result of a no-deal Brexit, then it will have a huge impact on the UK’s manufacturing industry, UK employment and also its economic growth potential.

“Put simply, a No Deal scenario directly threatens Airbus’ future in the UK,” Williams said.

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